Courtesy: Debbie Winkelman/Chris Coyle/ArcticZone Drone

Courtesy: Debbie Winkelman/Chris Coyle/ArcticZone Drone

ANCHORAGE — On Saturday, residents along a two-mile stretch of the Old Glenn Highway near Butte were told to be prepared to evacuate due to erosion along the banks of the Matanuska River.

Matanuska River Erosion

Courtesy: Debbie Winkelman/Chris Coyle/ArcticZone Drone

Matanuska-Susitna Borough officials said riverbank erosion had occurred between Mile 13 and Mile 15 of the Old Glenn Highway, leading them to issue an alert for residents in the area.

“There is NO need to evacuate currently, but residents should begin planning for the possibility that continued erosion may allow water from the Matanuska River to flow into lower ground between the river and the highway and may impact homes,” Mat-Su Borough emergency manager Casey Cook wrote. “Residents should be prepared to move to safer ground on short notice.”

Cook said the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Department of Emergency Services and the Butte Fire Department will be patrolling the area. He stated that if the borough recommends an evacuation, the Red Cross of Alaska will establish an emergency shelter for affected residents. He said borough officials would contact affected residents directly if an evacuation is recommended.

For more information, visit the Mat-Su Borough’s website.

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